UPDATE 10/24/13 @ 4:39 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man is in custody after an apartment fire Monday that investigators say was caused by a shake-and-bake meth lab.
Kanawha County Sheriff's Deputies arrested Gregory William Young, 31, late Thursday afternoon.
He and his wife, Maria Rosalyn Young, 28, are charged with operating a clandestine laboratory. Maria has not been arrested at this time.
The fire happened just after 7 a.m. Monday in the 5800 block of Starling Drive in Rand.
The fire started in the Young's apartment.
Experts with the West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office say the fire was caused by a clandestine meth lab.
Firefighters were able to keep the fire from spreading, but the building had to be evacuated because of the meth contamination.
Some tenants were sent to the hospital and the building was condemned, according to deputies.
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Warrants have been obtained charging Gregory William Young, 31, and Maria Rosalyn Young, 28, with operating a clandestine laboratory. Both were residents of the apartment where the fire began.
It happened just after 7 a.m. Monday in the 5800 block of Starling Drive in Rand, W.Va. -- the result of a shake-and-bake meth lab.
Experts with the West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office arrived to investigate. They determined the fire originated in Apartment 4. The fire was caused by a clandestine meth lab.
The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department sent a deputy sheriff to Kanawha County Magistrate Court to request and obtain a search warrant. Two trained technicians were sent to the apartment building to collect evidence in the investigation.
The building was condemned about 8:45 p.m. Monday.
The fire was reported just after 7 a.m. along Starling Street in Rand.
David Armstrong, with Kanawha County Planning and Development, tells WSAZ.com the meth lab blew up while the person was cooking it. Two people were inside the unit when the incident happened.
One of them was taken to the hospital with smoke inhalation, Armstrong said. No word of the extent of her injuries.
The property owners are on the scene with county officials to take care of the situation.
Armstrong says the property owners have called in a clean-up crew to take the necessary steps to clean it up.
Three of the four apartment units were occupied at the time of the incident.
We have a crew at the scene. Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.
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